State Endorsements through the College of Education
Endorsements are attachments to teaching certificates and indicate areas of specialization. They are for grades K-12 unless otherwise indicated. Once issued, endorsements are automatically renewed with the teaching certificate on which it was posted. Endorsements are approved only by the State Department of Education (the College of Education does not sign off on endorsements). For more information on endorsements, please see the ADE’s website.
For a list of Endorsement Programs click here.
The UA College of Education offers the following endorsements:
Bilingual education, designed to teach children in their home language in addition to English, is an important part of many public schools in the Southwest. Our program requires student teaching be done in a bilingual setting. This enhances the overall program and prepares students for diverse classrooms.
Currently the bilingual option is designed for Spanish/English speaking students.
The elementary education program's bilingual option requires units in bilingual education, including coursework in bilingual foundations and philosophy, methodology, linguistics and culture.
For prerequisites and the proper sequence of bilingual coursework, check with College of Education faculty or the Office of Admissions, Advising & Student Services.
To receive an Institutional Recommendation (IR) from the college for the state endorsement for Spanish/English bilingual education at either the elementary or secondary level, you must pass the Spanish Language Proficiency Examination. Information on this examination is available through the Office of Admissions, Advising & Student Services.
ESL Endorsement for Elementary Education
The ESL endorsement allows you to teach in ESL and traditional classrooms. The Arizona Department of Education requires at least 6 units in a single second language, which is satisfied through meeting the foundation requirements of the Elementary degree. The ESL coursework is built within the Elementary program.
Arizona State Reading Endorsement
LRC 505 Language and Literacy (3 units)
Description: Survey of reading and writing relationships: development, instruction, and evaluation
• LRC 520 Literacy Curriculum and Instruction for Children (3 units)
Description: Linguistics, psychological and cultural influences on decoding, phonics and comprehension, the theories that influence reading practice, and the instructional materials and strategies that support readers.
* LRC 521: Literacy Curriculum and Instruction for Adolescents (3 units)
Description: Essential Elements of Secondary/Adolescent Reading and Writing Instruction.
* LRC 522: Literacy in the Content Areas for Children (3 units)
Description: Elements of Content Area Reading and Writing for Elementary students. Methodology appropriate for reading and writing to learn content; compatible organizational models; program implementation.
* LRC 523: Literacy in the Content Areas for Adolescents (3 units)
Description: Elements of Content Area Reading and Writing for Adolescents. Methodology appropriate for reading and writing to learn content; compatible organizational models; program implementation.
* LRC 524: Literacy Assessment (3 units)
Description: Assessment for literacy development.
* LRC 525: Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Intervention (3 units)
Description: Procedures for assessing and developing reading and writing skills and strategies for struggling readers and writers.
* LRC 526: Curricular Leadership in Literacy and Language (3 units)
Description: Leadership for Systemic Change in Literacy and Language education
* LRC 693: Internship (3 units)
Description: Field Practicum - supervised field internship
Contact LRC, 520-621-1311, for further information.
Bilingual Endorsement (21 units)
The following courses must be taken as part of the M.A. to meet state endorsement requirements: LRC 504, 510, 512, 514, and 528, LRC 694a Bilingual Practicum, ENGL 508 (or 613) or LRC 516.
Students seeking Arizona Bilingual Certification must possess an Arizona Teaching Certificate and pass the Language Proficiency Examination. The Arizona Classroom Proficiency Examination (SPE) is administered in Tucson three times a year (March, June, and October). Proficiency in American Indian Languages will be determined by the designated tribal official. For other languages, consult a bilingual education advisor. Student seeking Arizona Bilingual Endorsement must consult a bilingual education advisor. Obtaining the master’s degree in BME does not grant the certificate or the endorsement.
ESL Endorsement (21 units)
Choose one course from each of the following categories: